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Two Dingers and a Sigh. Cubs 2, Reds 0.

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Welp...welp.

I know, Mr. Choo.  It wasn't pretty.
I know, Mr. Choo. It wasn't pretty.
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

I'm not normally one to dote on opposing players, but when the one upon whom I care to dote once was one of our own, I make exceptions, and in this case I feel comfortable that Joe would've concurred.

Travis Wood, who at one point was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher in the Southern League (AA), spun a gem against the team that traded him as part of a package for Sean Marshall just a few years ago.  Wood tossed 7 shutout innings against his former teammates, striking out 7, walking none, and yielding just 6 hits in lowering his season ERA to 3.05.  Props to the lefty.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Zack Cozart, who continued his torrid second half with a 2 for 4 evening that included 2 doubles; Bronson Arroyo, who allowed two solo shots and nothing else during his 7 inning, 6 K, 0 BB evening; and Manny Parra, who tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Key Plays

  • Ryan Sweeney, fresh off a return to the big leagues following a month-long spell away due to injury, launched a solo frisbee-smash in the Top of the 2nd, his second such doink boink since his return to the majors on September 1st.  Reds trailed, 1-0.
  • The eleventh home run of Luis Valbuena's perfectly Cub, perfectly mediocre season came off Bronson Arroyo in the Top of the 3rd inning, and it was a solo shot, too.  The Reds mustered a whole boatload of nothing from there on out despite the lack of additional offense from their divisional opponents.  A Zack Cozart double in the 9th inning was for naught, too, as he was stranded at 2B when Xavier Paul grounded out to end things.  Reds lose, 2-0.

FanGraph Section Detailing How Most Good Things Come to an End...Temporarily

<iframe src="http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=livewins&num=0&h=450&w=450&date=2013-09-09&team=Reds&dh=0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width = "450" style="border:1px solid black;"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size:9pt;">Source: <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/livewins.aspx?date=2013-09-09&team=Reds&dh=0&season=2013">FanGraphs</a></span>

Other Notes

  • Letdown, trap, overlooking your opponent, exhausted, motivated opponent...whatever.  The Reds simply didn't have enough to win this evening, and while it's frustrating in the wake of the week that was, it's also baseball, and baseball's gonna baseball from time to time.
  • Billy Hamilton stole, like, 47 practice bases in the tunnel behind the dugout tonight.
  • Tunes.